About Cova do Vapor

This sandy alcove, sandwiched between two, long, rocky groynes, looks across to Lisbon from the southern fringe of the Tejo / Tagus rivermouth. When a big swell hits, the accumulated sand throws up powerful, short, wedgy waves popular with a loyal bodyboarding crew. There is a right breaking off the northern groyne, as well as a left to the south. The waves are hollow and heavy. The swell angle is important as the rivermouth can cut out some of the size.

Source: Cova do Vapor Surf Guide

Ability Level

Intermediate - advanced

Beg Int Adv

Best for experienced surfers due to heavy rippy nature of spot.

Local Vibe


Welcoming Intimidating

Dominated by a local crew.

Crowd Factor


Mellow Heavy

Bodyboard Mecca when big.

Spot Rating


Poor Perfect

In big swells this small beach wakes up producing heavy, hollow wedges for a loyal bodyboard crew.

Shoulder Burn


Light Exhausting

Heavy, chunky peaks with lots of current moving.

Water Quality


Clean Dirty

Poor - at mouth of Tagus river.

Additional Information


There is a big rip by the groyne - only for experts as outside the bay are strong currents from the river. Usually fishermen on the groyne.


Small, beach front car park, plus another set back from the beach.

Bring Your

Shortboard, bodyboard, bodysurfing



Best Season

December to February .

Swell Consistency and Wind Overview

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